It's never too early to start preparing for college, and tonight was a chance for area residents to do just that.
Area colleges teamed up with local businesses at Ohio University-Zanesville/Zane State for "College Night 2008". Targeted at students in grades 6 through 12, the event informed all about everything from financial aid to campus living.
Scholarship Central Advisor Terry Kopchak tells us:
"We have a committee including guidance counselors from all Muskingum County high schools, Cuernsey County and Noble County, and we've gotten together with them as well as the Scholarship Central staff at the community foundation and did some planning. Everybody on the committee would search out possible presenters for sessions, we decided on areas we wanted to cover for the sessions, and we ended up with eleven different presentations, which was outstanding."
Organizers say this year's turnout surpassed all their expectations...
"This (past) summer when we were planning for this current year, we were trying to look for a bigger facility and we worked with Zane State to come out here to the campus center and of course we were kind of shooting for registration in that 300-400 range, and of course it exploded and we've ended up with over 300 students and about as many parents as that, and our registration is currently over 650 people. I've been told it's probably the biggest event they've ever had here at the Campus Center."
Prizes were awarded throughout the night including 26 scholarships of $250 each provided by local donors.